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Highlights of Patagonia

8 Days | Explore the best of Patagonia on this action-packed South American adventure

4.3 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
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Walking & Trekking
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USD $3,762
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Cover some of the most stunning glacial scenery in the world – from the jagged, snow-capped peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and Torres del Pain to the gigantic and still-advancing icescape that is Perito Moreno Glacier. On this Patagonian adventure, start with a tour of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, then head to frontier town El Chalten to tackle the likes of Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. Continue to El Calafate, where the marvels of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field are just a hop, skip and jump away. Then, explore the famed Torres del Paine National Park in Chile – keeping your eyes out for grazing guanacos and the famed Los Cuernos. If you’re short on time, but keen to explore Patagonia to its fullest – this trip is for you.

Trip overview

Map of Highlights Of Patagonia including Argentina and Chile
Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Puerto Natales, Chile
Theme
Explorer, Walking & Trekking
Destinations
Chile, Argentina
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Original
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
GGCB
This trip generates 179 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Start with a bang in Buenos Aires, with a walking tour and tango class to make the most of your limited time in the capital.
  • Explore the incredible Laguna de los Tres through thick woodlands, over streams and past granite spires to the famed blue lagoon at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy.
  • Listen to the thunder as cracks form in the spectacular wall of ice that is Perito Moreno Glacier. This massive, blue-hued natural wonder is constantly breaking and reforming.
  • Hike past the most beautiful waterfalls and glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park with your guide, and spot wildlife like guanacos and rhea birds along the way.
  • Trekking is what small group travel was made for – let someone else take care of the permits and accommodation so you can focus on soaking up the views with new friends.

Is this trip right for you?
  • You can’t have incredible glaciers and frozen lakes in warm weather, so be prepared for the cold. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. From November to March temperatures can fluctuate between 5˚C to 20˚C with strong winds.
  • The fitter you are, the more you'll get out of this trip. While only two hikes are scheduled, it is a full-day endeavour that can be quite challenging. There will also be opportunities to partake in other hikes which require a moderate to high level of fitness.
  • We've sourced our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with the Intrepid style of travel, but please note that service and accommodation in Chile may differ from standards at home.

Itinerary

Map of Highlights Of Patagonia including Argentina and Chile

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Public bus, taxi, plane

Accommodation

Hotels (6 nights) Camping (1 night)

Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Orientation Walk
  • Buenos Aires - Tango class
  • El Chalten - Laguna de los Tres guided hike
  • El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier day trip
  • El Calafate - Los Glaciares National Park
  • Torres del Paine - Base las Torres guided hike
Add on activities
  • El Chalten - Laguna Torre guided hike - Free
  • Perito Moreno - Guided trek (65 yrs old is the maximum age permitted) From Price - USD495

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Important notes

1. Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

2. Please note that optional Perito Moreno Trek on Day 5 is strictly limited to 65 year old and under by our local supplier. Those above 65 year old will be able to walk along the platforms and balconies surrounding the glacier instead.

3. This trip starts with a Welcome Meeting at 2pm of day 1.

4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

5. Bookings within 45 days from departure may incur in late booking airline fees. If applicable, this will be informed at the time of booking.

6. This trip includes a domestic flight. Argentina is particularly strict on excess baggage and usually enforces a maximum allowance of 15Kg for check in luggage.

7. We highly recommend you take US Dollars with you to Argentina and change it locally. While ATMs are widely available, there is a daily limit for withdrawals and the exchange rate does fluctuate.

8. The optional mini trek on Perito Moreno glacier is possible on this itinerary. Please see the itinerary above for full details of this activity. Places are limited and we recommend you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity. Full passport details are required to hold space.

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Reviews

4.3 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Brenna · Traveled December 2023
Great way to quickly see some of the most amazing parts of Patagonia, especially while all accommodations/transport are taken care of. Our group leader was fantastic and the trip was great - it’s fast paced but a great way to get it all done in a week.
Review submitted 02 Jan 2024

John · Traveled November 2023
We had an absolutely brilliant time on our trip to Patagonia. The treks are challenging but so rewarding and the scenery is stunning. Everything was organised expertly by our guide Tomás who is an exceptional tour guide. We’ve made lifelong memories and have so many amazing stories to tell from our time in Patagonia.
Review submitted 18 Nov 2023

Michael · Traveled November 2023
Have done a number of trips over the past 20 years, this was probably the best and Tomas was the reason for it
Review submitted 19 Nov 2023

Rory · Traveled November 2023
Had an amazing time in Patagonia! As a small group, we all bonded really well. Our crew leader, Tomas, was fantastic! There was a lot of humour, fun and experiences that I will never forget.
Review submitted 18 Nov 2023

Yvette · Traveled February 2023
Our guide had never been to Patagonia so we did not receive any education. Her knowledge of Buenos Aires was limited to what is where, very limited history. Tours were optional and payment required to be cash this info not given ahead of time so we did not bring enough cash. Trekking guide admitted to us that he took us in unsafe conditions and should not have done so.
Review submitted 28 Feb 2023
Highlights of Patagonia
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USD $3,762